ISP’s mission is to Inspire, Engage and Empower. It is central to ISP’s philosophy that the school supports each and every student to reach their full potential. Two ways ISP ensures that its mission is fulfilled are through accreditation and assessment, carried out by respected external bodies.
ISP is accredited by two organizations, the Council of International Schools (CIS) and the New England Association of Schools and Colleges (NEASC). In 2016-17 ISP took part in a new combined accreditation process in partnership with CIS and NEASC, the first school in the world to do so.
A report published in early 2018 stated – “The Evaluation Team is unanimous in observing and confirming that the International School of Prague is mission-driven, student-focused, future-leaning, progressive on many levels, high performing and a safe, secure place for learning.”
ISP chose to capture a portion of the self-study element of the accreditation process in this document, which gives snapshots of the types of learning stories that take place at ISP every day.
ISP students take a number of exams administered by external entities, the results of which indicate how ISP students perform compared to students at other international schools and students in OECD countries.
The International Schools’ Assessments (ISA) exam is an annual test given in either October or February (ISP students take the exam in February). The ISA assessment program is designed specifically for students in international schools in Grades 3–10. It is based on the internationally endorsed reading, mathematical literacy and scientific literacy frameworks of the OECD Programme for International Student Assessment (PISA).
ISP does not specifically prepare its students for the test – the only recommendations are that students get a good night’s sleep and that they take the test seriously.
The test is administered by the Australian Council for Educational Research (ACER), and is given in the areas of Mathematics, Reading, Narrative Writing, and Science. ACER also administers the OECD Program for International Student Assessment (PISA) exam.
In addition to providing information that allows the comparison of the results of ISP students to students in other international schools, ISA results can be compared with the worldwide PISA exam, which allows us to the comparison of ISP results with those of students from over 40 countries (including the Czech Republic). ISP’s most recent ISA results can be viewed here.